The new W8BEN forms... :(

Discussion in 'Indie Business' started by Jack Norton, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Jack Norton

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    So the W8BEN form I've been using in the last years have been updated. Now is totally obscure. Before I had an EIN, and as invididual business I could just check the box "individual" and be one. Pfuit TOO EASY!
    Now you have to read 150 pages of insane documentation, and at the end of it, not understand anything.

    Anyone living in Europe (non-US) has any clue on how to fill the new form ?? I believe I still need to fill the W8BEN, since the new one for entities seems for bigger ones and is made of like 10 pages and is total MADNESS :D

    This is the email I got from Humble this morning:
    This is one of those days I'm tempted to quit making games. Thanks to anyone who will be able to help.
     
  2. Desktop Gaming

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    I haven't had the pleasure - yet. But I'll definitely be watching this thread as I've seen the form in question. I wonder if my accountant would do it for me...
     
  3. bantamcitygames

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    Celso! Where have you been!?! We need the old crew to start coming back to the forums again! Tell you're friends! :)

    I'm not really familiar with the W8BEN, but I found this YouTube video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Sy_cvWsG0

    EDIT: that looks like the old form. I couldn't find a newer YouTube video, but the instructions on the IRS page look like only 8 pages... can't be that hard :)
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw8ben.pdf

    Did you have a specific part that you were having trouble with?
     
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  4. Desktop Gaming

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    That instruction file is for the W8BEN. The W8BEN-E is a very different kettle of fish.
     
  5. Desktop Gaming

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  6. Jack Norton

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    Yes solved it, was enough to use the old one in my case. Apparently at the IRS forgot that you can get an EIN still being an individual company :)
    Heh I wish, too busy!!
     
  7. bantamcitygames

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    Oh, I see how it is... you only come here when you need something!! :p

    Spread the wealth of knowledge!! :)
     

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